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transformED
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transformED
Interests: Education, Teachers, Leadership,
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It seems to me that too many educational reformers are simply terrified about a zombie horde of so-called ineffective teachers shambling toward our city’s children, moaning, “Brains!” It seems to me that the National Council on Teacher Quality may be falling into this trap. That’s the only explanation I can... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
I'm excited to let you know that this blog is moving over to CTQ's new website<http://www.teachingquality.org/blogs>! If you are subscribed by RSS: no need to do anything at all—the feed will automatically transfer. If you aren't subscribed: visit this blog's new home at INSERT LINK and bookmark or subscribe there. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
Last month, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) completed a study looking at my district, Oakland Unified. The report is causing quite a splash among teachers, administrators, school reform advocates, and community members. Now, I’m not a big fan of NCTQ. Frankly, I’m surprised that they are still defining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
‪In the‬ ‪first part‪ of this series, I shared excerpts from interviews from several Oakland teachers, detailing our collective feelings that the teacher observation and evaluation system in our district was broken. In the second part, I described a system that looks at a teacher’s practice from three different angles:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
The great divide in education reform today, in my view, exists between those who believe that teachers have the greatest influence on student achievement and those who believe that outside influences drive academic achievement. I believe both. I realize that my impact in the classroom as a teacher should be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at transformED - Mark Sass
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Posted Mar 25, 2013 at transformED
What would a teacher evaluation system look like if it really worked and helped teachers improve our craft? If you read my last post, you’ll know that many teachers in my home town of Oakland are frustrated with the evaluation system as it currently stands. So what would a better... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
By Shannon C'de Baca [View the story "Testing: The Good, the Bad, and the Hopeful" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at transformED
Last summer, a local non-profit organization called Great Oakland Public Schools hired me to be the manager of teacher leadership. The primary objective of this job is to organize and lead a think-tank of Oakland teachers, who will analyze elements of education reform and policy with an eye toward creating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
By Anthony Colucci Anthony S. Colucci, a National Board-certified teacher and member of the Teacher Leaders Network, coordinates and teaches in the gifted-student program at four elementary schools in Central Florida. He is the author of Copilots, Duties & Piña Coladas: How to Be a Great Teacher and has earned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at transformED
“Don’t surprise your principal,” I remember Mr. Faeth saying. He was the principal who hired me for my first teaching job. I was teaching world history and civics at a continuation high school in Eureka, California. “If you are going to have your class read a controversial article or book... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
This post originally appeared on EdNews Colorado. I've been ruminating on the word super. A dictionary search reveals several definitions for the prefix: "above, beyond," "to place or be placed above or over," and "an individual or thing larger, more powerful or with wider application than others of its kind."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at transformED - Jessica Cuthbertson
By Barbara Dziedzic Barbara Dziedzic is the lead teacher and curriculum writer for Arundel High School's Community Development and Global Citizenship program. Over her 10 years of teaching she has participated in a number of international education partnerships that support teachers and learners around the world. POP QUIZ: I am... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at transformED
This piece originally appeared on GOOD. In our Transforming Schools Together series, teachers affiliated with the Center for Teaching Quality invite us to re-imagine the very concept of school, and suggest small actions we can take to improve existing schools. By Lindsey Durant Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at transformED
This post originally appeared on EdNews Colorado. Educators everywhere are talking about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Especially English language arts teachers. The Common Core has its friends, its foes and a large group of teachers in the middle who are unsure what to think, or are withholding judgment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at transformED - Jessica Cuthbertson
Barbara Dziedzic teaches community development and global citizenship at Arundel High School in Maryland. She is an advocate for "glocal" educational reform and positive youth development. Follow her on twitter @whimsagogy. This post originally appeared at the Odenten-Severn Patch. Find the good and praise it. A presidential inauguration is an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at transformED
Stuck in a professional rut My new favorite cartoon that deals with education: A man sits atop a camel and has turned to his family of three who are sitting atop a camel that follows. The man says, “Stop asking me when we’re going to get there. We’re nomads for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at transformED - Mark Sass
I am sick at heart today as I write. It’s taken me days to just deal with my grief. Two weeks ago, a former student of mine was shot and murdered as he sat in his car listening to music. I was at his funeral last week. Sitting in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
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Posted Jan 19, 2013 at transformED
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Posted Jan 19, 2013 at transformED
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Posted Jan 19, 2013 at transformED - Common Core Team
Over December, my students at Skyline High School in Oakland worked on four school-reform proposals. This project is the child of summer work that my colleagues and I did with the Buck Institute for Project Based Learning and my recent trip to Finland. While I was halfway across the world,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
Over December, my students at Skyline High School in Oakland worked on four school-reform proposals. This project is the child of summer work that my colleagues and I did with the Buck Institute for Project Based Learning and my recent trip to Finland. While I was halfway across the world,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at transformED - David Orphal
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Posted Jan 3, 2013 at transformED
The ball has dropped. A new year has begun. But in "teacher time" we're smack dab in the middle of things -- halfway between where we started with students in August and where we'll end up in late May. As a recreational runner, goal setting, resolutions, and race metaphors appeal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at transformED - Jessica Cuthbertson